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One of the reasons I started this blog was to be a more active participant in the quilting communities I’ve read about on other blogs. I love the culture of fabric and mini swaps, and have been lucky enough to participate in two swaps so far.

The first is the Low Volume Charm Swap 2 hosted by Lori H. Designs. The swap is full, and the mailing deadline is approaching – I’m getting anxious to see all the lovely fabrics that have been picked out in person!

The second is the Text Me – A Text Fat Quarter Swap hosted by Plum Patchwork. This swap is still open for signups! The idea is however many FQ’s you send in, that’s how many you’ll get back. There are some interesting fabrics chosen so far. I have 28 FQ’s to send in – 7 FQ’s of four different fabrics. (I ordered 2 yards each and kept 1 FQ for myself.) The mailing deadline is February 15, so there’s still time if you’re interested!

Here are the fabrics I chose:

You Had Me at Merlot Words Allover Grey

You Had me at Merlot

Sweetwater Reunion, Dates on Cream Fabric

Reunion Dates

Studio E, Christy Tomlinson, Belle's Dream, Tiny Words Fabric

Tiny handwriting

Sweetwater Hometown, Town Square Mist Fabric


Have you participated in any neat swaps lately? Know of any with spots still open?


The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

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Do you ever have a day that just doesn’t go your way? I’ve been sewing all day, and with the exception of one thing, all my other projects have not gone well.

What did go well? I put put a very tiny design wall, and finished sashing my small January Lucky Stars BOM. I put all four up so I could see them together. I think it’s working!

The first four

Then? I tried to work on a x and + block. That went south quickly. First I had crooked seams, so out came the seam ripper. Then, once I finally got it together and put it on the design wall next to the first one did I see the mistakes. One corner block is totally backwards, and the two blocks that make the + are backwards! Oops! The seam ripper will have to come out tomorrow, I think.


I should have taken the hint, but I plowed ahead on the first of the Pile O’ Fabric Skill Builder BOM. I thought it was going pretty well. I didn’t have too many crooked seams, and everything seemed to be going good. Then I got out the ruler to trim it down… Not only is it not 12.5″ square, it’s 12″ on the bottom and only 11″ on the top! I’m going to have to devise a fix – maybe trim it to 11″ wide and add more sashing to bring it out to 12.5″? Yikes. Any ideas on how to fix it?

First block

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Thank Your Lucky Stars

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I’m participating in the Lucky Stars paper piecing block of the month.

Lucky Stars BOM Button

I’m really excited because even though I’ve only been quilting for four or five months, I’ve never liked easy answers or easy projects. I’m finding paper piecing to be challenging but interesting. The first blocks I’ve made haven’t turned out as well as I would have liked, but that won’t stop me. Here are the practice blocks I’ve done, in 12.5″ and 6.5″ sizes. I’m setting each of the 6.5″ blocks into larger 12.5″ navy fields. I plan to stagger the settings so they aren’t all the same.

12.5″ practice block:

Lucky stars practice block

6.5″ practice block in navy field:

6.5" practice block set in a 12.5" Navy field.

I wasn’t happy that I lost my points, so I tried another 1/4 block in the 12.5″ size, but with the same results. I’m still not sure what I did wrong.

1/4 block paper piecing

I decided to forge ahead on my January blocks, hoping to get some better results.

12.5″ January block:

January BOM

Still no dice and no idea what I was doing wrong. Thankfully the wonderful woman running the BOM offered to skype with me. It only took a few minutes to figure out what was wrong – I wasn’t sewing all the way through my seam allowances. I was starting somewhere in the middle, and that was preventing my sharp points from emerging. After the skype session I finished the 6.5″ block and was much happier with it.

6.5″ January block:

January block (6.5")

I think you’ll agree it’s much better – and the answer was so simple!

Do you have any tips or tricks for paper piecing?

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Pile ‘O Fabric BOM: Fabric Pull, Take 2

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I decided I wasn’t totally happy with my earlier fabric pull for the Pile ‘O Fabric Block of the Month. I didn’t like the olive greens and the darkest blues and purples. I also got rid of the lightest blue as I thought it was TOO light. So without further ado, see below for the before and after!

Fabric for Pile 'O Fabric block of the month!

New selection

So what do you think?

carlaPile ‘O Fabric BOM: Fabric Pull, Take 2

Quilt Top In a Day

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Quilt top in a day by zaydia
Quilt top in a day, a photo by zaydia on Flickr.

Scrappy interpretation of a jelly roll race quilt. I didn’t have a jelly roll, but I had a good amount of large scraps and yardage. Cut into 2.5″ strips and away we go.

I finished this quilt top (64″x84″) in a day. It’s made from 2.5″ strips sewn together into one long strip, which you then fold in half and sew. You continue this process four or five times until you get a size and configuration you like.

This quilt is destined to be a gift.

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Fabric for Pile ‘O Fabric block of the month!

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Fabric pull for the Pile O’ Fabric Skill Builder Block of the Month. I’m excited to get started on this project –  I’m planning a black background and hope to learn a thing or two about techniques I may not have used yet!

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